The Longest Journey Trilogy: The Best Written Visual Novels

For over a decade I have swung on a pendulum between "creative" and "playing" and after three years of mostly being in "creative" mode, I seem to be in a deep "playing" cycle of video games.  Hence my lack of blog posts as I generally have little to say while in "playing" mode. One of …

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The First Single Character Erotic Online Dating Sim in 3D

Date Ariane 10th Anniversary Part 2 Date Ariane (first released 2004) may not have been the first dating sim to only have a single character, though I don't know any that predate it, and I wasn't influenced by any. Date Ariane may not have been the first dating sim done in 3D graphics, thought I …

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“Love Plus” The Most Popular Dating Sim Ever

There has been a lot of talk lately about Japan's radically changing society.  It started with an article in the Guardian with the viral headline "Why have young people in Japan stop having sex?"  The headline was terribly misleading, young people in Japan are having sex.  They are just getting married a lot less and …

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Visual Novels

So what is a Visual Novel? Well that depends on what direction you come from. From a static media perspective, the visual novel is a comic book with choices. From a video game perspective, its a graphic adventure game without an inventory to keep track of. They all have text and pictures. Most have choices to make, some tell a linear story (aka Kinetic Visual Novels) without choices. Most are hand drawn graphics. Some have voice over, music, sound effects, some pictures are animated.